A documentation by Dr Hansjoerg Biener
peace radio site
Dr Hansjoerg Biener
created 0601, updated 0601
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Cross Broadcasting Service (RCBS)
19, Ave. de la Paix, CH-1202 Genève, Schweiz
In May 1995, the Red Cross Broadcasting Service was to celebrate 50 years of broadcasting. Unfortunately, it seems that the service hardly survived its Golden jubilee.
Broadcasts became more regular, when in 1978 the Swiss PTT gave permission for the ICRC to broadcast once a month to Europe n Arabic, English, French, German, and Spanish. Beamed transmissions in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese and Arabic were broadcast to Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The programmes were broadcast from transmitters at Schwarzenburg (directional) and Beromunster (ornni-directional). The facilities were placed at the ICRC's disposal free of charge by the PTT and Swiss Radio international.
In times of crisis, like during the 1990s Kuwait war, there were additional broadcasts.
The RCBS staff consisted of two producers and a studio technician but relied also on the services of other ICRC staff and of professional journalists who worked part time. The aim of the programmes was to inform as wide a public as possible of the activities of the Red Cross, whether it be the ICRC, whose primary task is to protect and assist victims of conflict, the League of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, which coordinates relief to victims of natural disasters, or the National Red Cross and Red Crescent.
|In the early nineties
the programmes of RCBS were integrated into the normal operations of Swiss